Beauty venture: dreams by Toby Neal
Dreams have a lot of possible functions, and no one's entirely sure what they “mean” or do–but we do know, when we're prevented from dreaming, we go mad. Here are a few interesting articles in Psychology Today on the function of dreams: Why do we dream? and here's another: Recurring Final Exam Dream: why do so many of us have it?
In Jungian psychology, dreams are a “message in a bottle” from our subconscious to our conscious mind. That's the metaphor I use with clients. You can watch the bottle go by, or you can fetch it, uncork it, read the message, and consider what it's asking.
Dreams can also be forms of rehearsing and preparation for something we anticipate. When you get a new job or learn a new skill, you may find yourself dreaming about it until a level of comfort is achieved.
Dreams can also be a way the brain processes information into long term memory. Some people report dreams where they see the future (I've had a couple of those) and spiritually, and they can be the whispers of angels or demons.
I treat my dreams with respect. Often they are asking a question, or making a call to action from my subconscious.
How do you treat your dreams?